Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

Getting Your Life Back: How to Get Help For an Addiction

Addiction is a disease that can absolutely eat your life before you realize just how bad things are. You may lose contact with family, be unable to hold down a job, and do untold damage to your body over time before you can take an honest, hard look at the illness. The right treatment facility can help you detox and move forward into a healthier life.


If you have ever had an argument with a loved one about behaviors that happened when you were under the influence, you’ve hit a trigger point. Such events can often lead loved ones to turn away from you or lose faith in your reliability.


You may have been stopped for driving under the influence or gotten arrested for possession of legal drugs. Undependability, legal problems, and blackouts are all indications that you have headed down a path of uncontrollable drug or alcohol use. Place a call to an addiction help hotline to find your center in life again.


The detox process is incredibly uncomfortable and can be fatal if not properly monitored. This is something you should never attempt alone. It’s also not a good idea to undergo this process with the help of a loved one.


Addictive drugs hit our pleasure center. The rush of this release of “pleasure” chemicals means that your body stops producing these chemicals on its own. When you go through detox, all of these pleasure receptors will be screaming for the rush from the drug.


Anyone close to you will be a target for the radical mood swings that will occur during the detox process. You cannot be held responsible for what you say. You will feel terrible. You may become dangerously nauseated and dehydrated. You may become violent. Don’t detox on your own or with the help of someone who cares about you.


Quality drug treatment means that you will not only be helped through detox but your body, mind, and spirit will be supported by professionals working to help you rebuild your health. Your food and beverage intake may well be monitored. Your vitals will be checked on a regular basis until the physical risk is reduced.


Your treatment may also include

  • one on one therapy
  • group talk and family therapy
  • spiritual support
  • a mental health assessment

Addiction seldom occurs in a vacuum. You may have underlying concerns that need to be addressed. Quality treatment will help you to better understand these concerns.

Treatment for Underlying Causes

Many people reach for alcohol and drugs in the desire to control

  • anxious thoughts
  • depressive episodes
  • high levels of stress

The underlying conditions may be difficult to face. You may find that your extended family has a history of addiction, emotional challenges, or mental illness. In such cases, the family counseling that you need may lead to conflict. Your courage in seeking treatment could lead to discomfort in your family.

Fighting Shame

One of the big cultural challenges that those in treatment face is shame. There are still aspects of our culture that view addiction as a personal failing or a lack of inner strength.


For those with a family history of addiction, the choice to push away the experiences of being raised around an addict can make it extremely tough to ask for help. You may have been an older child who was tasked to help the enabling parent to hide signs of drinking or drug use. If you are noticing behaviors of secrecy around your drinking or drug use, it’s time to act.


It’s also time to be very honest with family members. You have loved ones who are terrifically supportive. You may have siblings who just can’t handle your experiences or your perspective as you enter treatment. It will be hard, but if they need to step back, give them time.


Quality treatment will help you find your equilibrium. It will support you as you rebuild your physical health, recover from the physical pain of detox, and reach back out into your community. Detox is simply not enough. Your chances of success will go up with the right care.



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